Materials: ephemera, ads, calligraphy, vintage prints, handcrafted, woodblock prints, khadi fabric, bazaar art
A hand-stitched artist book of forty-four collages made with vintage papers collected in India and Nepal during seven years of travels in the 1960s. The book is a collector's item, signed by the award winning author & artist and limited to an edition of 150 copies.
Himalayan Notebook, completed in 2020, is part of a vernacular series of time and place based autobiographical visual narratives composed of vintage himalayan ads, trivia, pop culture, folklore, maps, woodblock prints, and handmade Nepalese lokta paper the artist collected. Three of Marilyn's books of traveler’s tales and memoirs, also about India, Nepal & Tibet: Houseboat on the Ganges; Sleeping in Caves and Night Travels to Tibet, include her drawings, paintings and photographs.
Marilyn's mixed media work focuses on poetry, prose, performance art, installation, collage and book arts which she uses to explore visual narrative (autobiographical collage), travelog and memoir. Her sculptural artist books may house cultural artifacts, ephemera and writing. Her interests include alternative and small press international collaborations, Beats, Fluxus, mail art, countercultural movements, arts and travel. She loves to peruse used bookstores and second hand shops for found material. Author of 15 books, her small press limited editions and artist books are in private and public collections. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
Marilyn Stablein is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up on the west coast south of San Francisco in the countercultural sixties. She frequented North Beach coffee shops, Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookstore, as well as Asian museums, markets, and film festivals. On the road at eighteen, inspired by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger's travels in India, she hitch hiked overland to Nepal and India arriving in 1966. She studied Tibetan literature, tantra, painting and Asian book arts for seven years.
Jan 28-Feb 1
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